The Turin Horse

“An auteurist triumph.”-Manohla Dargis, New York Times

(A Tórinoi ló). Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, the latest masterpiece from Béla Tarr is reportedly the director's final film. Peasant cart owner Ohlsdorfer (János Derzsi) and his daughter (Erika Bók), whose livelihood depends on their overworked horse, face ruin when the horse refuses to move. The film is inspired by the tale often told surrounding Friedrich Nietzsche's demise: on January 3, 1889, the German philosopher apparently witnessed a cab driver whipping a stubborn horse. He threw his arms around the horse's neck, then collapsed in a mental breakdown. Steeped in atmosphere and studied in its approach, The Turin Horse uses Tarr's famous long takes tell a haunting fable about the end of days.

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